Reforestation and ecotourism to protect biodiversity, Brazil

Preserve Muriqui aims to Save the Critically Endangered Northern Muriquis from extinction by protecting and expanding its habitat.

Preserve Muriqui manages the 957-hectare Private Natural Heritage Reserve Feliciano Miguel Abdala (RPPN FMA), supporting and generating jobs, encouraging connection with nature through ecotourism, reforestation, and environmental education. The organisation’s overall goal is to save the critically endangered Northern Muriquis from extinction by protecting and expanding its habitat. Ecotourism is an important source of revenue and key to enabling the reserve to achieve its mission of preserving biodiversity but COVID 19 forced all visitation to stop. Funding will enable the reserve to host visitors again, sustaining long-term conservation efforts. It will restore areas that cannot passively regenerate with 20,000 seedlings of 50 native species over 10ha, hoping, alongside other landowners, to increase this to 150ha. Two tonnes of seed will be collected for other restoration activities, and there will be environmental education and awareness raising in schools, local communities and amongst visitors.

With many thanks to EOCA member Gear Tips, which helped raise money for this project during Earth Day 2024.